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Milo, we have had several discussions with each other in the past few months. I have never received an insult from you or felt threatened by you in any way.

I've told people before where I'm coming from. Since early childhood, I have regarded people's beliefs as demons. And to make things worse, I'm as much a prisoner of those demons as anyone else. Of course, I think it proper for us to judge murderers, thieves, and other evil people - and even to sentence them when they get out of place. However, I feel that one of the most horrible crimes on earth is for a person to look at another human who has done him no harm and decide what he is, just as if the judger were some kind of god. Also, we should not take our inherited myths and preconditionings too seriously, for nothing is what we think it is.

I'll draw from some extreme examples from my life. When I was living in Costa Rica during the 1950s, I went down to the Plaza Central one day to listen to a famous Costa Rican communist who had just returned from exile. Two hundred fifty thousand people turned out to listen to him in a country that at the time had only one million inhabitants. He spent much of his time brainwashing his followers to believe that we Americans are devils. When I noticed that a few hundred or more started looking at me out of the corners of their eyes, I got out of there - fast. Was I really the kind of person he wanted them to think I was?

The above happened during President Nixon's visit to Venezuela. One day, a Venezuelan man rented a room in the boarding house where I was staying. He told me that when Nixon was visiting there, a person in his village publicly declared that he liked Americans. The villagers tied him between two horses and had them split that poor man in half! Was he really a bad man because he liked Americans? Who and what are these people who like to play God?

When I was little, I was treated almost like an outcast for being left-handed. I was also told over and over that left-handed people couldn't learn mathematics. I went through college with no more than a knowledge of arithmetic. Then, in the Marine Corps, I decided to work on myself. I found out that learning math is just like learning a language. You get a model problem or equation, learn it thoroughly, and then substitute different numbers in its place. When I got through trigonometry successfully, I learned a few odds and ends about calculus and decided to stop. That's how all math should he learned, but the academics start out with theory and the like, babbling what novices believe to be pure twaddle, which perhaps it probably is.

I say this: Let's weaken beliefs, refusing to feed them enough to conquer us. In that way, we can change them when we find ideas and facts that are more effective in our lives.

Gene

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The Origin of Christ! 672 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 13:41
Re: The Origin of Christ! 108 Milo 10-Feb-04 16:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 108 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:20
Re: The Origin of Christ! 159 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 151 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 17:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 128 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 18:08
Re: The Origin of Christ! 152 Milo 10-Feb-04 17:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 118 Mark Staab 10-Feb-04 21:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 152 Milo 10-Feb-04 22:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 150 Mark Staab 11-Feb-04 03:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 108 Milo 11-Feb-04 04:57
For Mark Staab !!! 155 Milo 13-Feb-04 00:01
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 104 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 00:31
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Re: For Mark Staab !!! 196 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 02:40
Re: For Mark Staab !!! 136 Milo 13-Feb-04 05:25
Re-search 137 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 07:36
Re: Re-search 141 Nebankh 13-Feb-04 09:56
Re: Re-search 141 Mark Staab 13-Feb-04 21:08
Re: Re-search 96 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:33
Re: Re-search 135 Milo 14-Feb-04 00:30
Re: Re-search 146 Mark Staab 15-Feb-04 07:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 205 SunSword 22-Feb-04 00:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 164 Mark Staab 22-Feb-04 06:49
Re: The Origin of Christ! 175 SunSword 24-Feb-04 01:24
Re: The Origin of Christ! 237 Mark Staab 24-Feb-04 05:17
Satan/Grail 152 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 11:24
Re: Satan/Grail 134 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:06
Re: Satan/Grail 142 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 15:42
Re: Satan/Grail 167 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:57
Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 162 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 17:31
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 106 Milo 11-Feb-04 17:44
Re: Satan/Hell and The Dice Man 159 Cleopatra 11-Feb-04 18:17
Re: The Origin of Christ! 105 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 17:23
Re: The Origin of Christ! 170 adequatedane 10-Feb-04 21:05
Re: The Origin of Christ! 96 Milo 10-Feb-04 21:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 137 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 134 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:03
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:29
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:36
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:52
Re: The Origin of Christ! 147 Milo 10-Feb-04 23:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:00
Re: The Origin of Christ! 103 Milo 11-Feb-04 01:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 01:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 112 Milo 11-Feb-04 02:10
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:59
Re: The Origin of Christ! 179 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 135 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 11:13
Re: The Origin of Christ! 119 Milo 11-Feb-04 15:10
Re: about Mexican Freemasonry 135 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 20:29
The Blue Light from the East! 99 Milo 11-Feb-04 22:37
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 180 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:33
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 132 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:03
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 149 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:52
Re: The Blue Light from the East! 161 Milo 12-Feb-04 00:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 120 debraregypt 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 152 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 158 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 08:34
Re: The Origin of Christ! 150 David L 10-Feb-04 23:53
Re: The Origin of Christ! 163 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:02
Re: The Origin of Christ! 156 David L 11-Feb-04 00:09
Re: The Origin of Christ! 183 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 145 David L 11-Feb-04 00:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 143 Milo 11-Feb-04 00:38
Re: The Origin of Christ! 143 David L 11-Feb-04 02:43
Re: The Origin of Christ! 131 Milo 11-Feb-04 05:39
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 maria k. 11-Feb-04 06:16
Re: The Origin of Christ! 132 Milo 11-Feb-04 06:31
MOD remark to whom it may concern 130 Kees 12-Feb-04 09:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 147 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 09:01
Re: The Origin of Christ! 167 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 07:54
Re: The Origin of Christ! 184 Milo 22-Feb-04 12:54
The snake never evolved compassion 148 Milo 22-Feb-04 14:06
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 168 Anne-Marie 22-Feb-04 19:27
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 135 Milo 22-Feb-04 20:47
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 145 Anne-Marie 23-Feb-04 07:26
Re: The snake never evolved compassion 154 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 157 Mark Staab 23-Feb-04 08:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 139 adequatedane 11-Feb-04 03:15
Re: The Origin of Christ! 175 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 01:45
Re: The Origin of Christ! 133 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 02:06
Re: The Origin of Christ! 187 Dominick Ohrbeck 11-Feb-04 22:40
Re: The Origin of Christ! 143 gene douglas 11-Feb-04 23:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 192 gene douglas 12-Feb-04 00:32
Re: The Origin of Christ! 104 Dominick Ohrbeck 12-Feb-04 01:35
Re: The Origin of Christ! 186 OakeyDokey 10-Feb-04 21:21
Re: The Origin of Christ! 131 Segestan 10-Feb-04 23:26
Re: The Origin of Christ! 136 gene douglas 10-Feb-04 23:37
Re: The Origin of Christ! 123 David L 10-Feb-04 23:47
Re: The Origin of Christ! 161 Saorsa 12-Feb-04 09:28
Re: The Origin of Christ! 134 David L 12-Feb-04 20:27
Re: The Origin of Christ! 138 Saorsa 23-Feb-04 08:12
Re: The Origin of Christ! 152 jestahley3 16-Feb-04 05:58
Re: The Origin of Christ! 126 Milo 16-Feb-04 12:05


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